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“Pub Grub, well done”

The Fishing Boat Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Boulmer
Cuisines: Seafood, British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
East Lothian
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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Pub Grub, well done”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We visited the Fishing Boat in Boulmer after a busy day cycling in the area. It was a busy Tuesday evening, with only a few tables left when we arrived. The landlord seemed slightly odd about our request for a table but after that seemed very nice....so I'd urge people not to be put off by first impressions!

The menu offered pretty standard pub type choices; fish and chips, fish pie, scampi, braised beef, stuffed chicken breast, veggie pasta bake. The food was well cooked and served by a very pleasant waitress. Portions are generous, we both had starters - crab cakes and pate, followed by fish and chips. The food was very nice, piping hot and tasty. We resisted the puddings but again portions looked good.

We both had real ale and it was in good condition. There isn't anything fancy or pretentious about the Fishing Boat, but it was good pub grub well done.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank MamaBobo
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Awful - what a shame as the view is stunning”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Why run a restaurant and make your customers feel as if they are an imposition?

From the moment we passed the box full of cigarette ends on the wall at the entrance we should have known what we were in for! The food was ok but the manager was just plain miserable all evening. Our waitress tried her best but presumably had been prompted to ask what we wanted for dessert whilst we were still eating our main course!

Perhaps times are hard but the feeling of the conservatory area (which has a wonderful view over Boulmer beach) is dilapidation - even some bunting would make a HUGE difference, but the biggest difference required is customer service, even paying was difficult as we had to get up to find someone to ask for the bill.

What a shame - there must be so many people who would love to run a pub in such a beautiful place - we'll go back when we know someone else is running it.

This is the first negative review I have posted on Trip Advisor but as people need to drive in order to get to this pub I think they should know what they are in for!

  • Visited May 2013
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4 Thank Lilibert
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

The view is superb
We sat in the conservatory
Bank holiday Sunday
Table for 7 pre booked
Still eating mains
Asked if we wanted desserts
Asked if we could wait awhile
Finished mains
Went to order desserts
Chef had gone home
20.45 !
Then at 21.00 lights were turned off
In the conservatory we still had drinks would have liked coffee
And although the lights had been turned off we hadn't been given the bill
My feeling is ; if you want people to move on... Clear the table ... Present the bill
We just sat in the dark
The landlord is known for his inhospitable nature
What he fails to appreciate is the impact he leaves on his customers
My daughter lived in Boulmer
Her wedding was in Boulmer
We were all the revisiting "Aunties"
The evening was embarrassing awkward and unpleasant
The view is outstanding this is a haven waiting to be a gold mine
Non of us will be returning
And that a shame

  • Visited May 2013
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4 Thank vffry
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Ok pub for lunch, but not as good as last year”
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Welcome not so great, only one chap at the bar, but the pub was quiet for a tuesday lunch time. We tried the previous day on Monday but it was closed. Beer was ok, food also ok. We sat in the conservatory at the back over looking the sea. Fish and chips and crab cakes. All served with packaged chips, I do prefer home cooked fat ones. Food not as good as last year and no atmosphere, mainly due to not many customers. Empty by 2pm.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Phillip_Leslie_1961
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely friendly pub in the sun!!!!!!”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

A lovely positioned friendly pub on the beach. We stopped for Sunday lunch which was lovely. Well worth stopping even just for a coffee!!! We would go back : )

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank AHSW1
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